Willem de Rooij

21 November – 8 February 2015, Arnolfini, Bristol

By David Trigg

Index: Riots, Protest, Mourning and Commemoration (as represented in newspapers, January 2000 – July 2002), 2003 (installation view, 2014). Photo: © Max McClure. Courtesy Arnolfini, Bristol

Expressions of anger, frustration, sorrow and grief fill Willem de Rooij’s Index: Riots, Protest, Mourning and Commemoration (as represented in newspapers, January 2000 – July 2002) (2003). The work comprises 18 framed panels crammed with constellations of images, culled from magazines and newspapers, depicting protest marches, riots and vigils. Interrogating the aesthetics of protest and commemoration, de Rooij’s collection exposes the ways in which the media frame such events and how participants choose to stage themselves for the camera. While…

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